A Vegan’s Take on Annihilation

I had mixed feelings seeing the trailer for the film Annihilation. On the one hand, I was intrigued because I had enjoyed Alex Garland’s previous film Ex Machina, as well as The Beach which had been based on his novel (Garland started out his career as a writer). On the other hand, I was apprehensive because I suspected that the film would misrepresent nature and animals in a negative way. The title also …

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A Vegan’s Take on the Shallows

I’m a sucker for survival stories. There’s something about people being stranded in the wilderness or ocean, armed with nothing other than their own ingenuity and grit that I find to be very compelling. Maybe it’s because these sort of situations are so different from our own everyday banal lives. It was probably with this in mind that I watched The Shallows one night. The morning after, I found myself jotting down impressions from the …

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Health Benefits of Nature

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

Our planet is amazingly beautiful.

And yet, the majority of the time we find ourselves amidst boring and sterile-looking man-made surroundings that fail to inspire and uplift us the way nature does. We are biologically adapted to be in nature, but rather than seek fulfillment and healing in the natural environment, we turn to computer screens, gadgets, and pharmaceutical drugs. This movement …

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A Vegan’s Take On Fishing

“Is it really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn’t know a game is going on?” – Bill Maher

In our society, fishing is seen as a fun, wholesome, and peaceful past-time that can be the perfect way to unwind by ourselves or bond with friends and family. As with our other “rituals of dominion,” (author Jim Mason’s terms for the recreational activities in which we express our domination over …

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